Slow News Year

So while I may not have been streaming too much lately due to overwhelming work and potentially life, I have still been working on things like transferring all of my archive over to my PeerTube instance. I’m still quite fond of PeerTube and everything that it brings. One of those things I’ve figured out is that I can directly embed playlists into my site.

So, while I’ve been transferring archives (we’ve made it back into 2013!), I’ve also been creating some complete archives that can just play through the entirety of a given game without needing too much user interaction or page reloads on the viewer’s part. They’re pretty neat, and honestly probably the better way to consume that Kuolity Kontent™ that you so crave. There’s also the added bonus of me getting to see how long I spent on each game in total, which is Fun™.

Unsure how long it will take to get everything over to PeerTube, but it’ll be worth it once it’s all there. Maybe we’ll even get a cool new stream embed on the site one of these days that uses PeerTube. Who knows. I have a lot of ideas and no real follow through. Such is life.

See you guys in future streams.

Kuoushi in 2023, a Year That Existed

All in all, a good year for streams and Kuontent™ in general

Enjoy another Twitch recap.

I know things have been rather silent the past few weeks or so, but that’s mostly because I’ve been extraordinarily busy with work even on the weekends. Sucks, but it is what it is. Hoping to get back to streaming and finishing off False Skies soon enough.

But all that aside, it’s honestly been a good year for kuoushi streams. The best on the books since 2019, and I’m sure those of you out there still following along at home will agree. We finished up Homefront: The Revolution earlier in the year, killing all the Norks in existence because why not. All’s fair when it comes to defeating invaders or something. Then we powered through a bunch of smaller games like the best Jurassic Park game ever, Trespasser, followed by F.E.A.R. and all of its expansions to finish off that franchise, the first Turok remake for more dinosaurs, and we even visited a space station in Prey (2017).

After that we launched into a small series that I’ve taken to calling The Bargain Bin, which targets games with something like 100 reviews or so in Steam. So not the biggest games ever, but still a lot of fun to just give them their time.

We also played Dino Crisis 2 which was certainly a time. I might just like dinosaurs. We even played a big ol’ Doom TC WAD known as Ashes: Afterglow which was damn solid. Way bigger than I expected, and only a few little stumbling blocks. We even played that first Call of Juarez game to wrap up that series of games as well. And finally, as mentioned in the beginning of the post, we started up a small JRPG known as False Skies. It’s big. It’s neat. It has a lot of systems. And let’s just say I like it so far, and can’t wait to finish it.

And none of the above is mentioning that my archives of streams are now as complete as they can be. Every single stream that I have a video archive for on my hard drives is now available from the kuoushi archive. Most are available through YouTube at the moment, but I’ve also started getting my archives entirely self-hosted on my own PeerTube instance to cut YouTube out entirely. It’s honestly been going really well, but I still need to get more of the old streams uploaded there instead of YouTube. This mostly helps when YouTube would mute things or otherwise say my streams are unsavory. I’m also able to stream through PeerTube as well, plus I’m looking into getting that to be the main embed on the site here with a chat that doesn’t require logging in, similar to how the old site functioned. Still figuring that all out with my limited time, though.

All in all, a good year for streams and Kuontent™ in general, even if I mostly only streamed Friday and Saturday nights when I had time. I’m hoping to free up more time next year to stream here and there, though we’ll see how that goes.

Oh, and I’m also in the top 10% of Homefront: The Revolution streamers again this year.

I’ll see you guys in 2024.

Thanks for hanging around as always.

Keeping up with posts on a blog? Who does that?

Not me, that’s for sure.

Been a couple of weeks since I streamed something, so now that I have, it’s time for another blog post that will meet all of your wildest desires (for kuoushi™ content).

The most recent thing to talk about is how we’ve begun the current endgame for the Call of Juarez series. Playing things in reverse is normal, and here I am starting up the very first in the Call of Juarez series. What’s that, you say? There was another game I’m forgetting about? Well too fucking bad. It’s not sold anymore so I’m not going out of my way to get it and play it. This is it. No more Call of Juarez after I finish playing this first game, unless of course they release another. I’m sure all of the dozens of Call of Juarez fans will fault me for this and stop watching my streams in droves. Whatever the case, hey come watch the Call of Juarez streams live or check them out as they get posted to the archive.

The other thing of note is that I’ve kind of sort of taken up a new streaming hobby where I’ll find games that have around 100 or less reviews on Steam, and then I’ll stream them. There likely won’t be many diamonds in the rough, but I do expect to have some experiences. On that note, we’ve done four such games so far! I’m calling the series The Bargain Bin to myself, and if you want to keep up with whenever I stream those games, just check out the tag here. That Which Gives Chase and The Warriorlock in particular were a lot of fun to me. Katana Soul and Powernaut Vangardt were just too hard on my old man reflexes, unfortunately. I might give the latter another try now that I know how it works though.

What’s that? More has happened since the last post? You’re right. I’ve actually been busy. On top of the above, I also finished playthroughs of Dino Crisis 2 and the Doom total conversion mod known as Ashes: Afterglow, which is fantastic.

We’ll say that’s it for now (aside from the PeerTube archive still moving backwards fairly swimmingly into the year 2015), so hope you’ve all enjoyed this recap of the past few months of totally good times.

Thanks as always.

Prey is as Prey does

It’s done, is all I’m saying. We arrived on Talos 1 with naught but uh, naught. And we left with even less. I mean, honestly it was a fun game with a lot of different options in how you play it. I didn’t play it the right way, and I can tell you why. One, I didn’t even know how to zoom in until the very last stream. That’s pretty much it. Also I never used any of the different powers available. Just shooty shooted my way through. But hey, it was a viable way to play and that’s what makes Prey a good game. It let me be an idiot and didn’t stop me from doing so. I had fun.

Prey Stream Archives

That being said, we now have to pick some new games! I actually already have, for once, and can let you know right in this post what we’ll be playing tonight! It’s a miracle of modern science.

Tonight we’ll be starting off by playing That Which Gives Chase, a small horror adventure into the snows of the north with a team of dogs on my sled and shit. Honestly seems like a neat little experience. And since that’s relatively short, we’ll follow it up by starting up with THE WARRIORLOCK. There’s a lot of WRITING in this game, and I’m really unsure of the quality, but we’ll get through it all the same.

And, what would a new post be without me updating you all on the cool progress my PeerTube instance is making in transferring my entire archive from YouTube to a nice, locally-sourced video hosting platform. It’s uh, it’s making progress. We’re going backwards through time and have made it into 2017 now with some of the final drunk streams. It’s safe to say things are going well.

That’s it for now, thanks as always and see you at the streams or in the comments or just, you know, wherever you happen to see me.

Turok came, Turok saw, Turok went

I’m sure that’s exactly how I should phrase the title of this post.

Ignoring that, we’ve just finished our short play through of some supposed dinosaur hunting in the PC port of the first Turok game. For some unknown reason I didn’t start with the last game or somewhere in the middle of the series, and I actually beat it pretty handily, but man it never gives you a fucking break on the ammo. You just run out constantly.

Turok Stream Archives

It’s a fun game, but man if the weird reverb issue didn’t kind of make that last part feel like I had to rush. Oh well, fun was still had.

Now, on to more future things. Next game we’ll be playing is Prey (2017), which I hear is a great game. It’ll take us a bit to get through, but after that I think I’m going to start taking a trip to lesser known games which will obviously be a thing. I’m expecting game quality to be all over the place, but who knows what we’ll dig up.

On the stream archive side, I’m still pushing through transferring everything from YouTube to PeerTube. It’s going well, but it does take a bit of time for each video to go up. Managed to get back through Layers of Fear, and F.E.A.R. 2 is going up currently. It might speed back up once we get through the post-children era of streams, so that’ll be nice.

Anyway, we’re keeping up with streaming on a vague schedule, so that’s nice.

Thanks as always.

There is nothing to F.E.A.R. because F.E.A.R. is all done

As is tradition, we finished streaming F.E.A.R. so now I’m posting about it. We even showed off a little bit of the fan-run multiplayer servers for the original game. So between this game finishing, and the earlier runs of F.E.A.R. 2 and F.3.A.R., we’re done. We’ve completed the franchise. There’s no more F.E.A.R. to be played. It’s nice to close out a franchise, even if we did play it backwards. Nothing wrong with that, though. We saved the best for last. Except for the part where we played the expansions that are just kind of mediocre beyond a few of the new weapons being pretty neat. Love me my brick laser.

So if you’re looking forward to checking out the F.E.A.R. streams, just head on over to the category page and start spinning them up. They’re all on PeerTube, so you get to enjoy our locally hosted, homegrown streams there.

Anyway, we’re playing Turok now. It’s going to be a chill time for another weekend or so of that before we pick the next proper game.

And speaking of PeerTube, I’ve got the live streaming working so if you’re wanting to just get my streams direct from the source, that’s now an option. I still need to get it properly embedded into the site here so it’s easier for you all to choose to watch it that way if you want. Basically I have to write a WordPress plugin to allow for embedding and swapping between the Twitch and PeerTube streams, and then maybe I’ll work on getting another nice chat embed going.

Lots of stuff to work on as always, but we’ll eventually get to the point where this site is totally cool again. Wait, no. It’s totally cool now. Yeah, that’s it.

Thanks as always everyone.

PeerTube? What’s that?

Basically, I’ve done another very kuoushi thing and created my own PeerTube instance, which basically functions as a self-hosted YouTube. This means I’m going to go back through the archive and get all of it on there so I can fully ignore YouTube. Of course that means I’m using my own bandwidth to host videos with whatever downtimes come with that, but that’s okay. I like being the equivalent of an internet hermit up in the backwoods just doing my own thing. Plus, PeerTube allows…live streaming? I’m still getting that working, but apparently I can potentially even cut out Twitch. Not that I should, but it’ll be nice to offer an alternative stream for people who don’t want to deal with the ads or anything.

As far as what is currently on PeerTube? I’ve put the current set of F.E.A.R. streams on there if you’d like to test that out. It’s not as feature-rich as YouTube, but I can offer chapters for highlights, plus full resolution/240p transcodes in case someone doesn’t have decent enough bandwidth to stream well. It honestly seems like a really good solution for my little site so I don’t have to rely on external services.

Oh, and another fun feature of PeerTube, it’s federated with ActivityPub. Got yourself a Mastodon account? Go ahead and follow @kuoushi_stream to get updates whenever streams go live or new archives get published. You can, of course, just follow @kuoushi for that as well, but now you’ve got another way to follow me. All sorts of options to follow the cool kuoushi.

And a quick note on streams? We’re going to likely finish up F.E.A.R.: Perseus Mandate next week and start a new game. What game will it be? Who knows. I certainly won’t post about it until I post about being done with F.E.A.R. because I suck at promoting myself. Maybe that’s normal.

That’s all for now, thanks as always.

Highlights and site status? New stuff is weird

Been doing a bit more work around the site and streams now that I have a bit more time to work on these things. We’ll be a real website with real streams and features soon enough. Because, you know, we aren’t yet for some reason?

So anyway, first up, I’ve set up a new status page to help visualize when the site is down. Check it out over at http://status.kuoushi.com, and you’ll see all of my cool recent downtimes. One of the unfortunate parts about self-hosting is that downtimes are a thing that’ll happen fairly frequently. Doing my best to minimize them, but if my router glitches while I’m asleep or out of the house, the site will just have to be down until I get home. It’s cheaper and easier for me to host everything here though, considering how much I’ve got going on. So, just bookmark or check the status page if you can’t load the site. Maybe I’ll add a thing to the status checker to see if my bot’s online too.

Next new thing I added is highlights. You know, like a normal streamer who actually highlights their own streams with clips and cool things that happened during the stream. This is a recent development so it’s not like these are covering the entire span of over a decade of streams or anything, but maybe I’ll work on that some day. But anyway, check out all the cool highlights from stuff like Trespasser and the final days of Homefront: The Revolution here, assuming you didn’t watch the streams themselves like some kind of bad viewer who spends their time doing things more important than hanging out with your old pal kuoushi.

That’s it for now. Thanks as always.

Jurassic Park: Trespasser, we hardly knew you

Well, we actually know plenty about the game now. It exists. I know I say that about a lot of games, but this one really does exist, despite the entire development team’s best efforts to run it into the ground. They spent a ton of money getting Attenborough to voice parts, when they should’ve probably spent that money on the game itself. You know, like you’re supposed to.

Anyway, we beat it, so now we have to find something else to play next weekend.

Jurassic Park: Trespasser Archives here!

Then once you’re done watching those delightful streams, just think to yourself, would you have done anything else productive with that time? Yeah, me either.

Thanks for joining on that short little journey. See you next weekend probably.

The revolution is over. Homefront: The Revolution no more

Been a while since we’ve gotten to write one of those posts where we talk about the game being done with. But, that’s exactly what this post is. The impossible has been achieved, and kuoushi has beaten Homefront: The Revolution, as well as its three DLCs which are just short missions. It’s a game, it exists, and now we won’t play it ever again. But, if you find yourself wanting to enjoy hopping in kuoushi’s mind as he fumbles through the game, the archives are here to stay for all eternity. Or at least until all of my archives die out again. Hopefully, that doesn’t happen.

Check out the Homefront: The Revolution archives here!

So, now comes the fun part. What game are we going to play for a year and a half next? I mean, the hope is that I’ll be able to stream weekends way late at night for the foreseeable future, so games shouldn’t last nearly as long, but is that something I can guarantee? Obviously not. Still, we get to choose a new game that will hopefully be just as entertaining (at the minimum) as Homefront: The Revolution.

Whatever I choose, you’ll find out next weekend most likely!